Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) involves putting electrical currents into the tissues of the body. It may sound like a torture device. But it is actually used to treat pain. Doctors don't know exactly how it works. It is thought to create a sensation that overrides the pain sensation in the brain. These researchers tested TENS in patients who had a total knee replacement (TKR). TKR can be a very painful surgery. But medicine such as morphine shouldn't be heavily used in TKR patients. Too much morphine after surgery can cause other problems, such as nausea, vomiting, constipation, and reduced lung function. For this study, TKR patients were divided into three groups. For the first 24 hours after surgery, one group got the standard self-controlled doses of pain medicine. The second group got standard pain medicine plus TENS. The third group got pain medicine and false TENS treatments. (The wires were placed into the bandages rather than onto the body.) The researchers tr...
Time for some music therapy. Music is a powerful healing force recognized around the world in many cultures. The beats, the lyrics, and the tones resonate within a person's soul. Even though personal preferences vary, the healing effects from music do not vary. Music evokes an emotional, calming feeling of positivity. Listening to music can actually lower heart rate and blood pressure. Plus, the beauty of music is that anyone (even those who can't hear it, but can feel it) can appreciate a melody, a harmony, and everything in between. ICU's, operating rooms, and nursing homes are all unleashing the power of music. Why don't you?
When I heard "Rocks in Your Shoes" by Emily West for the first time, I completely stopped what I was doing and turned up the volume. Go ahead and take a listen.
Those living with pain know that there are "stones in the road" (More like an entire gravel truck dumped on you sometimes). Part of the keep-going attitud...
Neuropathy - distal median nerve
Pain in the wrist or hand that wakes you up at night
May be severe Pain may be felt in other areas, for example in the upper arm (this is called referred pain)
Sensation changes in the thumb and pointer (index), middle, and part of the ring fingers, such as:
Weakness of the hand that causes you to:
Drop things Have difficulty grasping objects
Signs and tests
Your doctor will examine your wrist and ask questions about your medical history. The examination may show decreased sensation in the thumb side of the hand. This is called the "radial" side. There may be weakness of the thumb and difficulty using it to pinch.
Tests that reveal distal median nerve dysfunction may include:
Nerve conduction tests
Tests are ...
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